The Annual October Horror Movie Watching Thread - 2015 Edition!!!

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  1. indrid13

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    October 7th-

    Watched a double feature of trashy Cannon slashers. X-Ray and Schizoid. X-Ray is ridiculous and Schizoid is solid slasher cheese. A great way to spend an afternoon.
     
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    Day 6

    Scanners Day on the 6th.

    1. Scanners (1981) - Interesting film that I had not seen since around a year after it was released. Ended up liking it more than I had remembered. Think I caught this one on Hulu.

    2. Scanners II (1990) - Good sequel in my opinion. Almost felt more like a stand alone to me, but found it enjoyable. This was part of the 2 Scanner set from Scream Factory.

    3. Scanners III (1991) - Another decent follow up although I liked II a bit better. Both of these movies looked good on Blu. Not sure if any of these were horror, but I counted em for the month.

    Day 7

    Opened up the 2 movie set of the 70's Blacula films. Had never seen either of them before.

    1. Blacula (1972) - Better than expected. There was some humor although not sure it was totally intentional. William Marshall's voice to me was very James Earl Jones-like. Would probably re-watch down the road.

    2. Scream Blacula Scream (1973) - Decent sequel although to me this one carried a bit more serious tone to it. Actually felt like a more bonafide vamp movie. Both of these films looked really good in Scream Factory's set.
     
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    Shocker (1989)-One of my favorite Craven films. Dumb and a little too long but a lot of fun IMO. Great soundtrack.
    Gravy (2015)-Great horror/comedy directed by James Roday (Psych) Pretty funny and full of nasty gore.
    Harbinger Down (2015)-Not as bad as I heard. Fun creature effects.
     
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    10/7 Miss Switch to the Rescue (1982)
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    Retribution (1987) Code Red Blu
     
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    The Kiss (1988) - VHS
    After the death of her mother in a bizarre and nasty vehicle accident, Amy (Meredith Salenger) and her father Jack are visited by their mother's estranged sister Felicia (Joanna Pacula), a mysterious fashion model whom they know nothing about. When those around her begin to die in mysterious ways, Amy begins to suspect Felicia is not who she appears to be, and will discover that a she is to be the recipient in a family curse that's been passed down through generations via a kiss! The Kiss starts off as a mysterious thrill ride, complete with some entertaining and gory set pieces involving a truck accident and an escalator, but when the movie hits the half way mark it runs out of steam and loses focus, hitting every cliche on the late '80s supernatural thriller check list. Rating: 2.5/5

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    The Swamp of the Lost Monster
    (1957) - VHS
    The Swamp of the Lost Monster, whose original title of El pantano de las ánimas translates to Marsh Souls, is basically a Mexican western masquerading as a horror film by dropping a gillman, clearly cashing in on the Creature from the Black Lagoon, in amongst cowboys, a blind old lady, insurance fraud, disappearing corpses, and dancing horses. This Z-grade flick is rather dull throughout, and about the only thrills it provides is wondering what the real horrors the actor who played the gillman had to go through swimming in that nasty looking water. Rating: 1/5
     
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  7. Kim Bruun

    Kim Bruun Resident Scream Queen

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    October 7th: House of Usher (1960)
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    One of my favourite Vincent Price films (I personally rate it higher than Masque of the Red Death and Pit and the Pendulum). An atmosphere of decay and the theme of the self-fulfilling prophecy gives this one a nicely fatalistic vibe. Until the point when Madeline gets her gothic madwoman on, it's relatively tame on action, but the visual aesthetics and the ever colourful Vincent Price keep things interesting. The cast consists of only four actors (not counting the extras as spectral Ushers appearing in a fevered dream), but they are strong enough to carry the drama.
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    Movie #23, 24, 25:

    Savage Weekend (1979):"Well, would you move if someone put a nail through you? I wouldn't even wiggle."

    Not even much of a slasher until the last 25 minutes or so but instead they cram in weird characters, a lot of nudity (male & female), a fun and sexy strip tease, an ass-kicking/smart-mouthed gay dude, William Sanderson, a chick that seems to want to screw everyone she meets, a boat being built, some flashbacks and so much more. Then it gets bloody and stranger with the reveal of the killer. A little more blood would've helped but there's enough other stuff to keep you from missing it too much.

    Wild Zero (1999): Alien invaders, flesh-eating zombies, punk rock, drugs, guns, romance, a message of tolerance, exploding heads, great music, and an inordinate amount of hair combing. Really fun film. Exactly what I was hoping for.

    The Rage (2007): Over-the-top gore/goo fest starring Erin Brown (aka Misty Mundae) so you pretty much can guess the quality of acting. In this movie, no one is safe and nothing is off limits from getting puked on, ripped apart, splattered with blood, or injected with a rage zombie-esque type toxin. Mad scientists are so much fun!!
     
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    17) Da Sweet Blood of Jesus: Spike Lee has taken on some odd projects before, but this is one of the more unusual he has done in quite some times. I really wanted to like this one more than I did, but I found the lead male actor to be incredibly bland and boring in comparison to his female counterpart who was infinitely more interesting. There were some really great moments through out but the story never really takes off, and when it finally starts to gain some steam the plot just grinds to a halt. Throw in some unusual musical/score choices and some really mediocre acting from the supporting cast and I was left under whelmed. (6/10)

    18) The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears: I’m not even sure what to make of this one. So far this is the most beautifully shot film I’ve seen so far this month, but I found a lot of the editing and cinematography choices to be device at best instead of forwarding the plot in a meaningful fashion. There were so many times I was left scratching my head trying to keep track of everything that was going on that I wasn’t sure what was real and what was fantasy. Sure, there is a smart way to go about this, Argento comes to mind here, but this film goes about it in such a sloppy, incoherent manner that I couldn’t care less once the film ended. (5/10)
     
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    Final Destination (2000)
    I loved this film when I first saw it years ago and still do today. Just a well written and acted movie and a lot of fun. I may run through the whole series although the only one I do not own on blu-ray is The Final Destination - which felt more like a direct to video movie instead of a wide release picture. I may break down and buy it since I think you can get it cheap and it is watchable- I remember the 3D was pretty weak though at the theatre. FD5 was a big improvement and hopefully the last one since it made a nice fitting end to the series.
    4.5/5
     
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    Movie #26: The Car (1977)

    Drags a bit any time the car isn't on screen but when it is there's some pretty good tension. The actual car is bad ass and gorgeous. The car pov shots are really well done. I liked some of the characters enough to worry about them when The Car was after them, especially James Brolin. Car-nage!
     
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    As for this latest batch....Billy Bob Thornton said "Well they can't all be winners, can they?". The reviews include spoilers, so take warning. Ratings are out of four stars (****).

    10/6/15 - Chilling Visions (2013) *1/2
    An anthology film, with segments based on each of the five senses. Anthologies are one of my favorite styles and one often done poorly, proving short stories in any format is a difficult art form.

    In "Smell", a cologne that grants the power of persuasion has necrotic side effects. As its recipient abuses the opportunities he finds success has a very high price. This bit was below fair quality. *1/2

    In "See", an optometrist uses an incredible machine to experience what others have seen. When he decides to use visions to dispense justice his plan backfires. The story starts strong, ends weak. *1/2

    In "Touch", a blind boy must strike off into the woods to bring help for his wounded parents after a car crash. But the crash was no accident, and his peril becomes imminent. Strong potential wasted with rushed execution, plot conveniences, repeated unbelievable events, and a contrived tidy ending. **

    In "Taste", a misfit hacker is given an interview at a mysterious and isolated corporation. He has no idea for what task, but soon learns it’s an offer he would regret to refuse. Gory but pointlessly stupid and absurd. *

    In "Listen", found footage within found footage reveals the efforts of media investigators to find the truth about a "killing song" (cue Python references to the "killer joke"). Interesting but incoherent. **1/2

    Overall this film has the vibe of old Tales From the Darkside episodes, and not the better ones. There are attempts to cleverly tie the stories together with the repetition of actors, names, and props - not to mention a fetish for the display of vomiting - but this is just a trite diversion that does nothing to elevate a totally pedestrian effort. Worth it only for anthology addicts, and then only a streak of boredom streaming.

    10/7/15 - The Seasoning House (2012) **
    Another south-eastern Europe torture porn flick. South-eastern Europe, south-eastern United States, south-eastern Asia - why is it when we're shown shit holes of the world, they are always in the south-east of somewhere?

    In the mid 90's Balkans, a decrepit brothel of kidnapped women serves the brutal whims of militia scum. Dropped into this den of misery is a deaf mute girl, given the task to clean up and drug up the other captives by the brothel lord. When a militia commander shows up and raises the suffering level, she finally snaps and exacts a violent retribution.

    The first half of the film spends too much time on exposition and repetitive scenes of degradation and brutality. While flinch worthy the brutality stays at a consistent and (relatively) muted level, thus only establishing characters and mood that was already obvious within the first 10 minutes.

    The second half sidetracks when a militia commander shows up, someone supposedly even more nasty that the brothel leader that had previously been established as the antagonist, and the two bicker about the fallout of their atrocities becoming the focus of a no longer tolerant government. This digression is soon discarded when a militiaman sets off the deaf mute protagonist by raping and torturing her friend, switching the film into a gory revenge and escape flick.

    The mood in the film is horrifically bleak, the deaths and gore nasty and sometimes karmic appropriate for the few that occur, and the ending suitably uncertain and grim. And a short but sickening graveyard scene was almost worth the price of admission by itself. But the repeatedly stupid decisions by the villains, the unnecessary introduction of a second set of villains when the first had not been properly utilized, and the protagonist's unerring ability to stumble upon bad people wherever she goes defied belief even more than the waif on a rampage premise. Enough positives raise this one above a fair rating, but so barely that I'm not giving it that extra half star.

    10/8/15 - The Baby (1973) **1/2
    You haven't seen truly horrifying until you've seen white people dance in the 70s.

    A middle aged single mother shares her house with three children - two adult daughters, and an adult son who mentally never grew up. At all. A prying social worker suspects abuse rather than mental disability is keeping "Baby" from maturing, but she might have a perverted motivation of her own.

    The best word to describe this film is wacked. And I'm going to repeat that word. Wacked. The concept is impossibly contrived and ludicrous, and yet the script and execution is totally serious. A single hint of a smirk or a wink would have collapsed this house of cards (from a deck missing a few), yet to the last bit part actor everyone plays it straight. On that basis alone the director deserves an ovation. I'm convinced the casting office needed a revolving door for this film, as any sane person would have said "you've got to be shitting me" and immediately walked out.

    Freaky dynamics don't stop at the family. As if the premise wasn't hard enough to swallow, it seems that women go gaga for Baby, and not in a G rated way. Sisters, babysitters, social workers, all want to get in his....uh....diapers. Talk about robbing the cradle. And when the guests arrive for Baby's birthday bash, blissfully trying to get stoned and sauced and laid while the man-toddler crawls around their feet, it becomes easy to decide the family members might be the most sane people in the film.

    The plot orbiting around this premise is essentially a prolonged cat fight involving five women. With a resolution which is literally wacked. As the film wraps it goes completely off the deep end, with a telegraphed twist played out to an overbearing tune of 70s family drama music.

    The talent and competence behind every aspect of this film cannot be denied. To graft a parade of 70s drama and horror tropes onto such an absurd premise and play them unflinchingly serious has to be a crowning achievement in the annals of the bizarre. But it is near impossible to get past just how wacked the core concept is. Recommended for viewing by connoisseurs of the freaky, everyone else stay clear.
     
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    YottNik Pay the price!

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    Deadly Blessing (1981)
     
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    Day 8

    1. The Editor (2014) - Kind of wacky in ways. Blu-ray looked beautiful.

    2. Ghost Town (1988) - Cool setting and good entertainment. Missed this one back in the day.
     
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    Watched A Nightmare on Elm Street and Elm Street part 2. The first one is a classic. I've always liked the 2nd one a lot.
     
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    10/8 Killing Spree (1987) Blu

    Looks roughly equivalent to a VHS rip, which has been well-covered on this forum. Film its self is standard regional filmmaking... Barely passable but not unentertaining.
     
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)-Definitely one of the best remakes of all time. Great ending.
    Grindhouse (2007)-Haven't seen this one in forever. Planet Terror is my fave of the two films.
    Saw III (2006)-My fave Saw film. Great traps and ending.
    Saw IV (2007)-A step down from Saw III but still entertaining. Decent traps and solid finish.
     
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    Hello everybody! It's been a while since I posted anything on the forums, and since I was too busy with house renovations last year, It's time I list off my October Horror-a-thon list so far:

    1st- Mario Bava's BLACK SABBATH & Hitchcock's PSYCHO
    2nd- The Howling
    3rd- Shivers (terrific transfer from Arrow Films if you're region free!)
    4th- Nightmare/Elm St Part 3: Dream Warriors & Friday the 13th Part 2
    5th- Session 9 (a slow burn, but well worth your patience IMO. Where's a blu ray release???)
    6th- The Exorcism of Emily Rose
    7th- The Devil's Rejects
    8th- The Evil Dead (the original 1981 classic)
     
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    You haven't seen any other films by this duo? I could write a similar review, and I haven't even seen the movie.
     

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